Virgil Matthews is a 30 year old 188cm guard from Federal Way, Washington that is playing in Germany in the PRO A for Erdgas Ehingen now in his fourth season. He played at Montana (NCAA) and in his senior year played 31 games: 10.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.0apg, 1.7spg, FG: 49.8%, 3PT: 48.4%, FT: 76.1%. In 2006-2007, he turned professional and came to Germany and played for KICKZ Muenchen Basket (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 29 games: 18.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 5.2apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 57.3%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 66.5%. In 2007-2008, he played for Tacoma Jazz (IBL). In 2008-2009, he returned back to Germany and played for Schwelmer Baskets (Germany-Regionalliga). In 2009-2010, he played for Olympia Reign (IBL, starting five): 21 games: 23.1ppg, 7.2rpg and for Seattle Aviators (NABL).In 2010-2011, he played his first season for Erdgas Ehingen playing 32 games: 11.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 71.3%. In 2011-2012 for Ehingen, he played 28 games: 11.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-3(1.9spg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 77.1%. Last season for Ehingen you played Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-ProA, starting five): 33 games: 11.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg, Steals-4(2.1spg), FGP: 57.3%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 70.5%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Giessen 46ers.
Virgil thanks for talking to eurobasket.com again. Congrats on sweeping Science City Jena this season and winning the last game 85-82. How good does it feel sweeping this team that belongs to the top three teams?
Thanks! It feels good to win more so because of our place in the standings we are just trying to get as high as we can so we just try to win every game.
Out of the last seven games, Erdgas Ehingen have won three of seven games by only a combined total of seven points. How important is this ability to win close games at this juncture of the season where the playoffs are coming closer?
I think playing in close games and winning them are important most games in playoffs and late in the season will be close so its good to get those wins. The more you experience the situation the easier it becomes the more confidence you get.
So far Erdgas Ehingen is 0-3 against BG Goettingen and Crailsheim. You still have a chance to upset BG Goettingen. When you look at these two teams, what do you feel is missing in the game of Erdgas Ehingen to get you to that level?
We actually lost to both of them twice already. I don’t really know what it is we played Goettingen tough just couldn’t get over the hump, and both Crailsheim games were not good don’t know whats missing but we don’t see those teams in the near future so we don’t worry about that.
How has Ehingen current top scorer and combo guard Carlton Guyton and yourself made each other better throughout the season? You guys are often on the floor at the same time and seem to feed off each other very well.
I think we do feed off of each other we both are point guards so we do a good job of controlling the team. He probably makes me better more than I do him. Guarding him every day in practice is tough he is probably the toughest 1on1 guard in the league so it just lets me work on defense. For as much as we are on the court together we are mostly going head to head in practice.
With the season winding down, you are currently averaging 10,3ppg, 4,4rpg and 4,8apg. You continue to be a major force in steals. With the stretch run in full swing how happy have you been with your game? You are near 40% from outside and I am sure you want to get that back up in that range.
I’ve been ok with my game I haven’t been shooting the percentage I want from 3 or from the field but I’m actually feeling better about it coming down the stretch, but that 40% from 3 is a good goal to have.
The next game is against the Giessen 46ers who you lost to 82-75 in Giessen earlier this season. Ehingen lost the rebounding battle badly. What else do you remember from the loss?
They got out early on us we weren’t ready for their intensity on the boards that was a big deal. But I mean this game means a lot for both teams and if we want to be a real contender and a playoff team these are the games you have to win especially at home.
Lebron James recently scored 61 points. Do you think any of the other top players in the NBA will break Kobe Bryants 81 points in the future?
I don’t think 81 will be happening soon 81 is a lot of points when you think about it, its crazy!
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Watched a classic, Snatch with Brad Pitt.
Thanks Virgil for the chat.